Royal International Horse Show Results 2013: Breaking Down Saturday's Events
One day remains at the 2013 Royal International Horse Show and it's time to see how competitors did in Saturday's events.
It was a historic day at Hickstead, filled with intriguing competition. Jump-offs made for a nerve-wracking time, and competitors gave it their all.
Let's check out how Saturday's events played out, with all results courtesy of LoginesTiming.com.
Competition No. 5-The Bunn Leisure Salver
In a two-part event, the first round took place without much intrigue. With 12 of the 33 riders qualifying for the jump-off, fans had to wait to figure out who the top competitors were.
The first round appeared irrelevant when it came to the jump-off. John Whitaker rode Maximillian IV to the best time of the first round but finished third in the jump-off. Even Katherine Dinan and Glory Days, who placed third in the first round, struggled in the jump-off and finished sixth.
Werner Muff rode Never Last and shocked everyone. The pair had the worst time in the first round of the group but managed to win the jump-off by more than one second.
Like most sports, all that matters is getting to the final round. Anything can happen in those situations, and Muff showed why.
This event was much easier to follow. With only one round, the horse and riders had to be ready to go right away.
Charlotte Adams-Lane rode Chaz and Dave to a time of 46.75 seconds. The time wasn't the fastest, but she was the only one of the top competitors who didn't make a mistake.
Two horses finished with faster times but suffered four-second penalties to knock them off of the lead.
Speed is good to have, but running a clean course was the difference in this race.
The Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup
The most prestigious event of the day saw one rider make history.
Shane Breen rode Zarnita to victory, and became the first male rider to win the event twice.
Like the Bunn Leisure Salver, there was a first round and a jump-off with 24 horses. The order of the top five order didn't change from one round to the other.
Zarnita had the best time in the first round, and went off last in the jump-off. Breen and the mare knew what they had to do to win, and they pulled it off with Zarnita's great jumping abilities again on display.
The mare won by less than a second, but the rider was the main story. Breen won on a different horse than first time round, which makes his achievement even more impressive.
Competition No. 6-The Sky Sports Speed Classic
Saturday was Ladies' Day at Hickstead, so the result of this race was fitting.
Laura Renwick rode Beluga to a victory. The pair won by over two seconds, and the mare made it a special day for her rider.
Breen had a chance to get his second victory of the day, but he had to settle for fourth place while riding Ominerale Courcelle.
Renwick had the quickest horse in the field on this day, and Beluga maneuvered well throughout the course.
It was ironic that Renwick won the race on Ladies' Day, but there wasn't much suspense when Beluga went through the course.
*For more results, visit Hickstead's official website
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